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5E3-EXTRA tweed

A well-known guitarist said to us… “I love my Fender® Tweed 5E3 Deluxe® amp.  It gives me that classic old warm tone, but I just can’t use it at gig volume levels because it gets 'mushy' quickly and I’m not lugging two amps around!  So I bought a ‘black face’ RI Deluxe Reverb… although, with its ‘sucked' mid-range tone, it lacks the same warmth.”

OK, let's imagine the Tweed Deluxe tone, with 22 or 45 watts of truly clean headroom power, an Effects Loop and Speaker Emulated DI Out.  It's equipped with ample controllable distortion if required and vintage looks too!  Imagine too, a much louder 1950s voice… but so usable on today’s louder stages!  In a package the size of a Blues Junior® weighing less than 10kg (22lbs)!

5E3-EXTRA® is that amp... because today's guitarists need EXTRA!

 

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Session 5E3_EXTRA Combo

Session 5E3_EXTRA Combo

Two Basic Models...

  • SESSION's 22W or 45W 'RetroTone' solid state design awarded 9/10 for Tweed tone (2016)

  • Vintage warmth, chime and dynamics!

  • Select from different speakers.

  • Humbucking Power Transformer - 75% less hum with single coil/P-90 pickup equipped guitars!

  • 7W Power Limiter for 'micro gigs'

  • Optional FX Loop - Standard Line Level 0dB

  • Optional DI Out with G12T Speaker Simulation

  • Perfect as a 'pedal platform' amplifier

  • High Clean Headroom to full output power

  • Lightweight - from 9.5kg

  • Guitarist/designer created

  • High reliability & low maintenance

  • No digital (computer) modelling... SESSION's 'old school' analogue 'EasyFix' design philosophy!

  • Complete combo prices start from £379.00 inc UK delivery

 

BluesBaby Rear Panel

Front Panel Controls: L-R: Input, Volume, FAT Switch, Master (Volume), 7w Power Limiter Selector, Tone, Mains Indicator and 'toggle' Power Switch

 

BluesBaby Rear Panel

Rear Panel Facilities: L-R: Amp Details, External Speaker Output, FX Loop Return,
FX Loop Send, G12T DI Output

Tube reckless, but far more versatile!

Although based on a classic 1950s amplifier, 5E3-EXTRA is not quite as simple as it may first look!  It has a number of features which can be extremely useful, when considered along with ‘where’ they are strategically placed in its circuitry.  Therefore, this page is very important to the player in order to get the very best out of 5E3-EXTRA.  Certainly, the fact that 5E3-EXTRA is solid state, makes these features possible and versatile additions.

5E3-EXTRA's general circuit design and tone, follows those of the 5E3, 5E5 and 5F2-A Tweed Narrow panel amps from around 1957.

INPUT: Where guitars and electronics meet.  It’s designed to have a 1M Ohms impedance (Z) and 150pF input capacitance, exactly like ‘good’ ECC83 or 12AX7 tubes do, so your tone is guaranteed to have the same level of sparkle and warmth.

VOLUME: Located near the amplifier’s input - It regulates the gain of the input section and is suitable for matching widely varying modern guitar pickups to the amp for the absolute ‘highest clean headroom’ sounds. 

It can also be used to provide various amounts of ‘front-end’ distortion too.  This distortion’s character can be modified by the TONE control. 5E3-EXTRA has two types of built in distortion available. The second is the 7W alternative described later.

MASTER (Volume): Towards the output of the preamp, post tone control.  It is used to set up the output level of the amplifier according to the sound that has been set with the other controls.

TONE: Situated post ‘front-end’ distortion.  A single knob tone control is employed which boosts and cuts the high frequencies only - by about ±10dB @ 5kHz. This simple 1950s circuit is able to provide a true ‘flat’ response when set to around 7 on the dial. To achieve this kind of tone, the 1960s mid-sucking 2 & 3 band 'tonestacks' had to go! Perfect for jazz players, who will immediately hear the tone of the 'old-school' greats clearly cutting through.

Further, this is where the musician’s fabled ‘6V6/EL84 tone’ or ‘tweed tone’ description really emanates from… and where 5E3-EXTRA’s clean tonal character is created with assistance from its RetroTone power amp.

FAT: This is placed pre-distortion (VOLUME control) and can be used to boost or cut the bass signal prior to distortion.  This helps to match high bass output pickups to the amp better.  Or, if required, to give its ‘front-end’ distortion sound much more ‘low end rumble’ for classic style ‘slide’ blues sounds, or just use it creatively.

PWR (HI/7W): Situated post MASTER volume.  Switching it to 7W limits the output power to about 7 Watts.  Its distortion is very ‘even-harmonic’ in tone.  It can be heard to ‘slip’ into saturation without any harshness.  Unlike the ‘front-end’ distortion, this alternative 7W distortion’s tone is completely unaffected by the TONE control’s settings.  It’s for those who really like the renowned 5E3 early distortion sound! (7W is much too loud for home use!)

Optional FX LOOP: This, if fitted to your amp, is located between the preamp and RetroTone:22™ or RetroTone:45™ power amp.  The FX SEND has a 1.6k Ohms output Z which suits it to driving professional studio FX units with typical 10k Ohms input Z (tube FX LOOPS cannot do this).  The FX RETURN has a 1M Ohm input impedance to avoid loading the output circuits of some ’iffy’ FX pedals.

Optional DI OUT (G12T): When fitted, is driven from the FX LOOP output so that all effects being used in the FX LOOP can be captured in any recording or sound reinforcement activity.  Incorporates our G12T speaker simulation used by The Hellecasters.  Output impedance: about 1.6k Ohms.  5E3-EXTRA’s internal speaker can be safely silenced by plugging an ‘empty’ jack plug into the EXT SPEAKER socket. 

RetroTone™ Power Amp: RetroTone™ is SESSION’s modern analogue solid state power amp design, which is able to provide our amps with all the chime, warmth and dynamics guitarists expect from their guitar amps. They are as loud as any similarly rated tube amp... confirmed by our customers!

Toroidal 'Humbucking' power transformer - for 75% less hum radiation than any tube amp! Perfect for all single coil pickup, especially P-90, equipped guitars! Stand nearer to your amp and pickup far less hum!

There is NO digital simulation, NO lightweight Class D power amp circuitry or 'surface mount components' which are deemed 'return to maker' for even simple repairs.  5E3-EXTRA is entirely ANALOGUE and can be serviced by your local competent service techician!

5E3-EXTRA™ is your ‘Stairway To Tone Heaven’

 

Built On SESSION's Award-Nominated RetroTone™ Designs

 

Reviews

Sorry, there have not been any reviews yet.

But look out for one lined up with
Guitar & Bass Magazine later in 2020!

What 'The Guitar Magazine' Said
About Our BluesBaby 22 Amp!

G&B Quote 2

 

When you order 5E3-EXTRA, your card will NOT be charged until 7 days prior to shipping


Full Combo - Please Order Here:

Looking for the chassis only version? Order it here

 

5E3-EXTRA - 22W 10" Combos

EX22-110 - Complete basic 10" combo amp in Two-Tone black finish WITHOUT SPEAKER
Price: £325 + Includes £10.00 UK delivery -
Add to Cart

US 115VAC available by request - same price!
Shipping about £70.00 - Customs taxes not included


Choose other options
:

FX Loop with G12T DI Out (FXL) is not available at this time

EFFECTS LOOP ONLY (No DI OUT) - £25.00 - Add to Cart

10" Celestion TEN-30 Speaker - Price: £44.00 - Add to Cart

TWEED + Striped Ox-Blood grille - Price: £40.00 - Add to Cart

Red* Power Indicator - FREE - Add to Cart

Blue Power Indicator - Price: £2.00 - Add to Cart

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

 

G&B Quote 2

* = Standard issue colour if not specified
Can I order without a speaker fitted? YES!

EX22 or EX45 ARE NOT SUPPLIED WITH
AN AC POWER CABLE/CORD

All amps are assembled to order only. Please allow up to 4 weeks
for your custom order to be built & despatched. More time may be required if your order is for a custom finish!

Totally clean guitar may not be as loud as you might expect

 

5E3-EXTRA - 22W 12" Combos

EX22-112 - Complete basic 12" combo amp in Two-Tone black finish WITHOUT SPEAKER
Price: £325 - Includes £10.00 UK delivery -
Add to Cart

Both: US 115VAC available too by request!
Shipping about £70.00 - Customs taxes not included


Choose other options
:

FX Loop with G12T DI Out (FXL) is not available at this time

EFFECTS LOOP ONLY (No DI OUT) - £25.00 - Add to Cart

12" Celestion A-Type speaker - Price: £80.00 - Add to Cart

12" Celestion V-Type speaker - Price: £80.00 - Add to Cart

12" Cel' Creamback NEO speaker -Price: £130.00 - Add to Cart

TWEED + Striped Ox-Blood grille - Price: £40.00 - Add to Cart

Red* Power Indicator - FREE - Add to Cart

Blue Power Indicator - Price: £2.00 - Add to Cart

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

* = Standard issue colour if not specified
Can I order without a speaker fitted? YES!

EX22 or EX45 ARE NOT SUPPLIED WITH
AN AC POWER CABLE/CORD

All amps are assembled to order only. Please allow up to 4 weeks
for your custom order to be built & despatched

Totally clean guitar may not be as loud as you might expect

 

5E3-EXTRA - 45W 12" Combos

EX45-112 - Complete basic 12" combo amp in Two-tone black finish WITHOUT SPEAKER
Price: £345 - Includes £10.00 UK delivery -
Add to Cart

US 115VAC available by request - same price!
Shipping about £70.00 - Customs taxes not included


Choose other options
:

FX Loop with G12T DI Out (FXL) is not available at this time

Passive EFFECTS LOOP ONLY (No DI OUT) - £25.00 - Add to Cart

12" Celestion A-Type speaker - Price: £80.00 - Add to Cart

12" Celestion V-Type speaker - Price: £80.00 - Add to Cart

12" Cel' Creamback NEO speaker - Price: £130.00 - Add to Cart

TWEED + Striped Ox-Blood grille - Price: £40.00 - Add to Cart

Red* Power Indicator - FREE - Add to Cart

Blue Power Indicator - Price: £2.00 - Add to Cart

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

* = Standard issue colour if not specified
Can I order without a speaker fitted? YES!

EX22 or EX45 ARE NOT SUPPLIED WITH
AN AC POWER CABLE/CORD

All amps are assembled to order only. Please allow up to 4 weeks
for your custom order to be built & despatched

Totally clean guitar may not be as loud as you might expect

 

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Custom Cabinet Finishes

If you'd like another cabinet finish not listed, please contact us by email and we'll quote you a price.

Please note that custom/bespoke orders are not covered by the Consumer Rights Directive 2014. A non-refundable deposit may be required on placing a custom made or bespoke item on order. After full payment is taken and the item is shipped a refund/exchange or customer credit can only be offered if the item has a manufacturing fault or if transit damage has been reported and confirmed.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

 

Build Method and Progress Reports

When you place your order, a confirmation is automatically sent to you. There is no further contact until your order is ready to ship. We do not send 'progress reports' as there's nothing much to report until it's finally ready

All amps are built in small batches of 5, 10 or 20 units. Each batch goes through the system together, therefore, it is not possible for us to give an exact date of despatch

We collect payment approximately 7 days prior to your order being ready for despatch. Earlier if it has an uncommon cabinet covering. So checking your card account could give you a very good indication that it's nearly ready to be sent to you

 

UK & European Delivery Times & Charges

UK - Takes 1 business days from day of despatch - usually DHL

Europe - Takes 4-7+ business days depending on destination.

Mainland UK Delivery Cost - The purchase price includes £10 towards shipping to Mainland UK. Certain remote UK destinations are likely to attract a £5 surcharge. We will let you know before we collect your payment, or you can enquire by email

Delivery to Continental Europe & Outside Europe Cost -
Please email us for a quotation before ordering!

USA, Can, Aus, NZ & many others: We will happily send amplifiers nearly anywhere in the world. But sadly, we are not able to offer a universal shipping cost to every country. Therefore, customers resident outside Europe, PLEASE email us for a shipping quotation & online ordering instructions. It's really easy & safe. Thank you

 

Attention!

Every cabinet is wood, hand assembled and finished. Therefore, there will be finish variations from one example to another. The pictures are for guidance only

Returns Policy

UK Customers: You are entitled to return the product prepaid within thirty days if you are not satisfied with it's performance - Except custom orders with special cabinet coverings. We offer this on the strict proviso that the product has not been modified in any way, misused, damaged or defaced.

Customers Outside UK: All returns must be prepaid. If the reason for return is the fault of Award-Session, we will credit your card with the reasonable shipping amount paid. Please send a copy of the receipt to us by email.

Placing an order with Award-Session indicates that you have read and understood all our Terms and Conditions of sale, published on our CONTACT page. The conditions published on this page override those published anywhere else.

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Our administration & returns address:
Award-Session, 34 Belvedere, Basingstoke, RG24 8GB, UK
No stock is held at this address

Sound clips: Sadly it is impossible to convey any meaningful measure of the amp's tone over the Internet. Please refer to what we have already provided in videos & audio clips. If you want to hear the amps, then please Email us to make an appointment to try one out at Basingstoke

Due to continuing product improvement, the features and the design are subject to change without notice

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Please note that custom/bespoke orders are not covered by the Consumer Rights Directive 2014.
This does not affect your statutory rights.

 

Bonus Uses...

Because of its circuit similarities to the VOX AC15 that the Shadows used in the late nineteen-fifties, 5E3-EXTRA® has proved itself great at replicating the early sounds of Cliff & The Shadows... coupled with the right echo chamber of course!

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Tone ability from one extreme
to another... top players try instruments from all eras and adapt them to find their 'trademark tone'. 5E3-EXTRA can be like a mini-Marshall, if required too!

On the other hand, if you're a jazz guitarist, you'll love its 'sweet mid range' and 'on-the-edge' tones, especially with semi-acoustic cello style guitars. We are currently building one for Nigel Price - Voted Britains top jazz guitarist.

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Celebrity
Session Users

Eric Clapton/August Album + Tour - Rockette:30 x2
Dave Stewart/Eurythmics - Many recordings
Sessionette:75 x3
Stuart Adamson/Big Country Sessionette:75 x2
Dave Gilmour/Pink Floyd
Sessionette:75
Mike Rutherford/Genesis Most recordings + tours
Sessionette:75 x7
Jerry Donahue/Will Raye
The Hellecasters
All recordings & tours
Retrotone + JD10 DRP
Gordon Giltrap
MB11 & GG10 Acoustic Preamps
Geoff Whitehorn/Billy Ocean Sessionette:75 1st Prototype + 15:30 Tube Studio Combo
Nigel Price/Jazz Guitarist
NP22-112 Combo

1980s Hits Sample

 

Choose Your Speaker!

All speakers can be good for almost any kind of music... but people 'hear' sound differently and that makes it difficult for anyone else to recommend speakers for any particular music or tonal taste.

Celestion V-Type

Celestion V-Type speaker

We say from live use experience:
This is a great 'general purpose' selection. The one for bright twangy tone! Great with a country sounding Tele. Brill at Shads & Beatles too! Blues Rock, Rock... you name it, this will do a GREAT job!

Probably one of the nicest speakers Celestion has ever made - and at a reasonable price too! You could say Classic 70s tonality with a hint 60s AlNiCo Blue for good measure. Brighter than the A-Type. 60 Watts/8 Ohms/98dB

Fitted in EX, the whole amp weighs only 13.5kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too!

Celestion A-Type

Celestion A-Type speaker

We say from live use experience:
Choose this one for thicker/warm American mid tones with a lovely woody vibe. Turning up the amp's treble produces a 'thicker' punch. Nice for vintage US pop and R 'n' R tones. Perfect for jazz and '50s blues' players! 50 Watts/8 Ohms/98dB

Fitted in EX, the whole amp weighs only 13.4kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too!

Celestion NEO Creamback

Celestion A-Type speaker

The Neo Creamback is every ounce a Classic Celestion, delivering all the magical tone you'd get from a traditional Creamback.  To us, it's a bit like a lightweight version of the V-Type.

For those looking for traditional tone from a modern lightweight package!

Fitted in EX, the whole amp weighs only 10.2kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too!

Celestion Ten 30

Celestion A-Type speaker

This is a really nice speaker widely used by major amp makers... not as loud as a regular 12" speaker... but provides excellent tone for those not looking for ear splitting volumes! A great value tone provider.

Stewart, our amp designer, particularly likes the Ten 30 with his old Tele and 5E3-EXTRA! It has a delicate flavour that just works in a Jim Campilongo kinda way!

Fitted to EX, the whole amp weighs in at around 9.6kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too!

About Guitar Speakers

Take special note! The speaker is the most important component in your guitar amp!

Unlike hi-fi speakers, they are NOT designed to produce a faithful reproduction of the signal presented by the amplifier!

It physically produces the air waves that your ears detect as sound. At the same time, their cone mechanically produces cone break-up modes which adds rich harmonics to the guitar sound. The amp electronics has NOTHING to do with this... be it a valve or transistor amp!

This enables each speaker model to give your guitar a unique tone. It even affects the character of the distortion sound! This is why there is a bewildering variety of guitar speakers available on the market. Each is slightly different

Use 5E3-EXTRA As A Powered Speaker Cabinet

Playing via your selected multi-fx preamp directly into the FX RETURN bypasses everything else, so 5E3-EXTRA will NOT colour the tone in any way... apart from the tone of the speaker fitted. You'll need two 5E3-EXTRA amps for real stereo reproduction

5E3-EXTRA’s RetroTone™ power amps are designed to add the warmth and chime that players usually associate only with a tube/valve guitar amp.  But surprise, RetroTone™ will easily impart the same ‘valve amp’ vitality to your modeller's tone as well.

All these uses and Vintage stage appearance too!

 

Meet BB's Designer... a gigging player since 1963

Stewart Ward

Stewart Ward is a working guitarist who designs all products from scratch and from a gigging viewpoint. Seen here with his favourite guitar, a 1963 Fender Telecaster which he bought in 1971 for £70.

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